Looking at the present spectrum of flexible working conditions in the UK, it is surprising to note that the situation is going through a dramatic change which shows more and more people now see flexible work hours as the better alternative of the regular work-time. It is said that the traditional 9-5 workday is now over.
According to a recent research on flexible working by YouGov and Microsoft in small businesses shows that majority of the employees are now considering working “flexibly”. What is more significantly notable is that “Almost one in three (30) of workers would take or would consider taking a pay cut to be able to do so” with other figures falling the same category with different finding but showing inclination toward flexible working.
The situation is calling into questions the traditional working patterns not only for the employees but also for the employers. Microsoft small business director, John Coulthard, in the same study commented that the survey clearly indicates that a trend toward flexible working is well on its way and that “For the first time small businesses are in a position to challenge much larger and dominant businesses and flexible working helps them do this”.
The growing tendency toward flexible working in the UK shows that the traditional perception to link this phenomenon to HR benefits is no longer valid. Although personal needs are cited to be the key factor for which people are opting for flexible working, delivering clients’ needs is one chief factor that emerged to be most reported player for the employees because it let them have room to adapt themselves to working patterns that suited a get a specific job done (M2 Presswire, 2005).